Since founding Of Montreal in 1996, Kevin Barnes has become the poster boy for the Athens, Ga., Elephant 6 recording company, while leading his band through the pastures of trippy psychedelia, cabaret-infused alt-pop, electronic music, and even the sort of Anglo-funk/R&B David Bowie invented. Like many of his Elephant 6 brethren, Barnes and Of Montreal brought an eclectic, nigh-on avant-garde approach to bear on sunny, succinct, infectiously melodic pop and rock. The band’s first high watermark, 2004’s “Satanic Panic in the Attic,” is as an ample primer in the Of Montreal sound – part “Sgt. Pepper” vaudeville, part electronic frippery that would not be out of place on an MGMT album, and the rest all Barnes and his ever-charming, elegantly wasted romanticism.
Of Montreal releases a new album, “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” in early fall. (According to a post from Barnes on the band’s site, it’s influenced by “Sylvia Plath, the Grateful Dead, Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers.”) Of Montreal performs at 8 p.m. Monday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Wild Moccasins open. Tickets are $16 advance, $19 day of show (box office, Tickets.com).
– Jeff Miers